Film: The Cure
The Cure is a 1917 short comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. Here Chaplin plays not his usual Tramp character, but a drunken rich fop who has been sent to a health spa to dry out. While there he manages to irritate a large man (Eric Campbell, Chaplin's regular heavy) and romance a pretty girl (Edna Purviance).Not to be confused with the rock group.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Eric Campbell's hulking, lecherous gout victim is this to Edna Purviance, who is horrified at his leering at her.
- The Alcoholic: Charlie's been sent to a spa to get sober. His steamer trunk is packed full of liquor bottles. He has a corkscrew on his keychain.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: During the confrontation between Charlie, Edna, and Eric Campbell, Edna denounces Campbell in a very artificial, theatrical way. Campbell turns away from her with another exaggerated, theatrical gesture. Charlie then does a little stage bow for the camera.
- Contortionist: The man getting worked on in the spa before Charlie, which quickly turns him off to the idea.
- Drugs Are Good: The health spa looks a lot more fun after everyone there accidentally gets drunk on Charlie's liquor stash.
- Hangover Sensitivity: The guests at the spa are much the worse for wear the morning after getting trashed on Charlie's liquor.
- Hypocritical Humor: Charlie reproaches a steward for smoking, then opens his luggage to reveal a huge stash of alcohol.
- Iconic Outfit: Charlie's playing a rich man in this one so he doesn't wear the Tramp get-up. But the only thing in his large steamer trunk besides liquor bottles is the Tramp's bowler hat and starched collar. He sets them carefully on his dresser.
- Intoxication Ensues: Charlie's liquor stash is discovered by the management. A steward is ordered to throw out the bottles, and he does—right into the communal well that supplies mineral water to the guests at the spa. Everybody there gets good and drunk.
- Nameless Narrative: As usual for a Chaplin film.